Two chefs working to decorate a cake.
- Decorate is defined as to change or add something to make it more beautiful, or to give a medal to someone.
- An example of decorate is painting white walls a blue color.
- An example of decorate is putting a flower in your hair.
- An example of decorate is to give the Medal of Honor to a member of the armed forces to honor their distinguished service.
transitive verbdecorated, decorating
- to add something to so as to make more attractive; adorn; ornament
- to plan and arrange the colors, furnishings, etc. of
- to paint or wallpaper: to decorate a room
- to give a medal or similar token of honor to
Origin of decorate; from Classical Latin decoratus, past participle of decorare, to decorate ; from decus, an ornament ; from Indo-European base an unverified form de, to receive, be suitable from source decent
transitive verbdec·o·rat·ed, dec·o·rat·ing, dec·o·rates
- To furnish, provide, or adorn with something ornamental; embellish.
- To confer a medal or other honor on: was decorated for bravery.
Origin of decorateFrom Middle English decorat, made beautiful, from Latin decorātus, past participle of decorāre, to beautify, from decus, decor-, honor, ornament; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present decorates, present participle decorating, simple past and past participle decorated)
- To furnish with decorations.
- To improve the appearance of an interior of a house, room, office and so forth.
- (computing) (In some programming languages) To extend a method, etc. by attaching some further code item.
- It makes sure that the field name argument is not empty, and that the field specified there is an actual existing field in the class which declares the method decorated with this attribute.